I’ve started my year thinking about how I could organize my home better. It’s so hard to give up things, like clothes, books or small goods. I’ve started studying the Mary Kondo method and step by step, I found Dominique’s Loreau books.
So the second book in 2019 was like a fresh start for the way I organize my life: “The Art of Simplicity”. Here are some simple rules for changing your life in better.
The art of you attaching only of quality, useful things
Dominique Loreau is a French author, settled in Japan, who beautifully describes what she has learned during her life there. I gathered some of the most important lessons I’ve learned while reading “The Art of Simplicity”, so here they are:
1.Own as little things as possible
You may already know this principle. It’s heavy for the atmosphere from your house to collect useless goods. Give up to papers, clothes, small stuff that don’t bring you joy. Instead, invest in quality things and those which have the maximum utility.
2. Choose wisely how to spend your money
Dominique makes a great parallel between how a Japanese woman would spend her money, in contradiction with us, the consumerism victims. While a geisha would use the kitchen towels until they tear to pieces, only to buy herself a quality kimono, we spend economies on useless things. So, trying to invest in quality things, in experiences, like very wished holidays will bring you satisfaction and more happiness.
3. KUFU- the art of thinking before buying
Kufu, in Japanese, is the stimulus to do all we can with only what we have/ posses. In other words, KUFU talks about the art of using our wisdom and ingenuity in order to use banal things with multi-purposes. For instance, the author recommends you to put 2-3 drops of lavender oil on a teabag tea and leave it among your clothes. A genuine method and less expensive for refreshing our wardrobe.
4. A metaphorical way of forgetting
“The Art of Simplicity” is such an inspiration also for healing your soul pains. A great example and easy way for forgetting toxic people in your life are this: imagine his/her face making smaller and smaller, at a stamp’s dimension. And then blow off it away, so it will go far, far away.
5. Limit your skincare routine at a couple of products
Buying lots of skincare was my sin, and it still is. But in the Japanese culture, you need just a quality soap to remove all the dirt. Also with make-up, a quality powder, but mostly, clean skin is the best makeup you could wear.
6. Less is healthier than much
Have you ever wondered about the tiny, slim silhouette of the Nippon women? Well, it starts with the quote I mentioned in the subheader: less is healthier than much.
For instance, think about the plates and dishes of Japanese people. The rice bowls are so tiny, that they are compared with the doll’s plates. This might be also the secret of Japanese longevity, don’t you think? Eating little, slim and good food is healthy for your soul and body.
7. What if garbage could talk about a nation?
We already know that Nippon people are the expression of elegance. I remember I was watching a sports game where the national Japanese team was involved. Just after the match (where guess what? Japan lost), the Japanese gallery have started cleaning the stands. I was profoundly impressed.
It also happens with each Nippon house. The proof of a family’s good growth and respect for their look likes is how they treat their garbage. As smaller as their trash bags are, the better is the family’s renown.
What I’ll keep for myself from “The Art of Simplicity”
I’ve learned so much in this book, but mainly how to appreciate little things in my life. It sounds so like a cliche, I know. But I started looking for quality things in my life, like cotton sheets, a perfectly tailored shirt, even a tasty meal and enjoy them more than before.
Try to clean your mind and your spaces by reading “The Art of Simplicity”. I’m always gonna keep it on my nightstand or coffee table and read it once in a while. It restarts my habits.
Do you have a similar book recommendation for me?